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Table of Contents: UNSEAMING by Mike Allen

If life going OK? Do you feel the need to be…unsettled?

Mike Allen has posted the table of contents for his upcoming (October 2014) collection Unseaming. Read one of these and that oughtta do the trick!

Here’s the book description:

Mike Allen has put together a first class collection of horror and dark fantasy. UNSEAMING burns bright as hell among its peers. – Laird Barron, author of THE BEAUTIFUL THING THAT AWAITS US ALL

Everyone in the world awakens covered in blood-and no one knows where the blood came from. A childhood doll arrives to tear its owner’s reality limb from limb. A portal to the spirit realm stretches wide on the Appalachian Trail, and something more than human crawls through on eight legs. Words of comfort change to terrifying sounds as a force from outside time speaks through them. The buttons in the bin will unseam your flesh to bare your nastiest secrets. Opening with “The Button Bin,” a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and culminating with its sequel, “The Quiltmaker,” which Bram Stoker Award and Shirley Jackson Award winner Laird Barron has hailed as Mike Allen’s masterpiece, this debut collection gathers fourteen horror tales that, in the words of Barron’s introduction, “rival anything committed to paper by the likes of contemporary masters such as Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, or Caitlín Kiernan. This is raw, visceral, and sometimes bloody stuff. Primal stuff.”

And here’s the table of contents…

  1. “The Button Bin” (Helix: Speculative Fiction Quarterly, 2007; 2008 Nebula Award Finalist for Best Short Story)
  2. “The Blessed Days” (Tales of the Talisman, 2009)
  3. “Humpty” (Flesh & Blood, 2002)
  4. “Her Acres of Pastoral Playground” (Cthulhu’s Reign, 2010)
  5. “An Invitation via E-mail” (Weird Tales, 2008)
  6. “The Hiker’s Tale” (Cabinet des Fées, 2007)
  7. “The Music of Bremen Farm” (Cabinet des Fées, 2006)
  8. “The Lead Between the Panes” (Lakeside Circus, 2014)
  9. “Stone Flowers” (Scheherezade’s Bequest, 2009)
  10. “Gutter” (original)
  11. “Condolences” (original)
  12. “Let There Be Darkness” (Penny Dreadful, 1998)
  13. “The Quiltmaker” (original novella; the sequel to “The Button Bin”)
  14. “Monster” (Nameless, 2014)

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Antimatter Press (October 7, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0988912414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988912410
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